Story Time with Pendana’s Youngest Dreamers

This month we thought it would be perfect to incorporate the Thanksgiving holiday into our story time. We shared some food with the residents, read a few stories, and made some Thanksgiving cards. We had one of highest turn outs for story time yet. Both...

Not-So-Spooky Trunk-or-Treat at Pendana

Pendana had its first ever Trunk or Treat! A Trunk or Treat is where there are a number of cars who host a game and hand out candy to the neighborhood kids. It's an easy way to connect with neighbors and love on the families. We had around 16 decorated...

Story Time As Pendana Children Head Back to School

We always look forward to story time and being able to connect with kids and parents in the neighborhood. This month we had a teacher, Mrs. Jinelle, come and read some of her favorite books to the kids. It was also exciting since she used to teach at...

Financial Workshop for Pendana Residents

We were so excited to continue the second session of our personal finance workshops. Our volunteers from Money Sense with Goodwill focused on spending, saving, and budgeting. We were happy to have participants who came to our first session, return to...

Icees Beat the Heat at Pendana at West Lakes

It was the perfect HOT day for icees by the playground! The sweet cool treat hit the spot for residents. We had traditional flavors like lemon and strawberry but also fun flavors like sour apple and raspberry-lemon. Numerous people came back for seconds...

Back to School Bash at Pendana at West Lakes

Pendana at West Lakes saw its largest turnout at an event so far with more than 120 residents and 15 volunteers in attendance! We were able to give approximately 80 backpacks full of school supplies to children who start the new year on Monday. All of the...

Orlando Mixed-Income Development Secures Financing

An affordable housing team has secured more than $36 million in financing to develop a large mixed-income housing development in Orlando, Fla. SunTrust Community Capital is providing $22.8 million in LIHTC equity. The transaction is an important step in...

The Latest From LIFT

Here at LIFT Orlando, we’re excited and optimistic about tomorrow – excited for the Communities of West Lakes and future generations to come. As an advocate of LIFT Orlando, you too share our passion for change and together we’re making tremendous strides....

Creating New Traditions

As one of LIFT Orlando’s most valuable partners, Florida Citrus Sports (FCS) is helping to engage our residents and the greater community by creating relationships and new traditions. It’s due to our partnership with FCS that we’re able to expand our reach...

Community involvement that actually involves the community

When we say we are ‘accelerating community transformation’ we mean we’ve developed a holistic, evidence-based plan to build a sustainable future with one of Orlando’s most distressed communities and its residents. And in this case, holistic means our...